MathPOWER is seeking an enthusiastic advocate for urban youth as its next executive director. With a mission to achieve transformational change in the lives of urban youth by developing proficiency in advanced mathematics and personal resiliency, MathPOWER has impacted almost 10,000 students, teachers and parents since 1989. MathPOWER is prepared for dynamic growth in the years ahead under the leadership of someone with skills in hands-on operational management, partnership building, and fundraising.
Inspired by the work of civil rights activist and educational visionary Dr. Robert Moses, MathPOWER was founded as the Boston Algebra in Middle Schools (AIMS) Project. In keeping with Dr. Moses’s vision, MathPOWER continues to address the inequities in public education that disproportionately affect underserved population groups, specifically those in African American, Latino and impoverished communities.
One of the best predictors of completion of a college degree is competency in advanced mathematics. MathPOWER promotes personal and academic transformation in young people while instilling the perspective that mathematics can be a critical stepping stone to future career success. In its 26 year history, MathPOWER’s staff and volunteers have gone beyond teaching mathematics skills to instill resiliency, foster social-emotional growth and build self-confidence in the students engaged in its programs.
Over the past two decades, MathPOWER has collaborated with numerous educational reform initiatives, working with Boston Public Schools, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Boston After School and Beyond and many other like-minded organizations.
MathPOWER has forged a close working relationship with Northeastern University, where its offices are housed. With an integrated learning model, MathPOWER serves Boston’s urban students and their teachers, working both within and outside of schools, allowing MathPOWER’s programming to seamlessly integrate in-school learning with after-school support.
Services for teachers include coaching and professional development. Students from kindergarten to eighth grade receive intervention services that address gaps in math knowledge and encourage continued development of new skills. Operating on a year-round basis, MathPOWER also offers an acclaimed Summer Academy consisting of five weeks of additional educational support and mentoring to students.
MathPOWER is led by an engaged board of directors and has a dedicated full-time staff of four. The organization’s annual budget is $350k. With a combination of part-time coaches, volunteers, students and office staff, MathPOWER currently tutors students in nine schools, offers coaching to teachers in three schools and serves 21 schools through the Summer Academy
Strategic Opportunities and Challenges:
MathPOWER is at an important juncture in its development as it considers how best to leverage its history of success. Led by Board President Robert Gittens, MathPOWER’s board of directors is poised for growth, with a goal of expanding to 10 members by the end of 2017.
MathPOWER has a model that works. Partnering with the Boston Public Schools, the organization envisions an expanded impact that introduces this model into more schools in and around Boston. Clearly, it is highly replicable in other urban areas in Massachusetts and can have a far greater impact in the years ahead.
MathPOWER has attracted the attention of major corporations and foundations, both regionally and nationally; however, there is more to accomplish in this area. Individual donor support has been a minor component of the organization’s funding. In the next three years, there will be a greater focus on developing diverse funding streams and vital new partnerships, affiliations and programmatic initiatives.
Additional initiatives that MathPOWER will focus on over the next three years include:
Utilizing enhanced technology; expanding data collection; diversifying revenue and planning for sustainability; creating new branding opportunities; creating expanded partnerships with the corporate community with a focus on STEM; expanding geographically; establishing ninth grade students as target population.
The Ideal Candidate:
In addition to being an energetic advocate for urban youth, the next Executive Director of MathPOWER will be an innovative thinker who shares MathPOWER’s vision of a world in which all students achieve competency in advanced mathematics, a gateway to lifelong learning and a productive career.
MathPOWER’s ideal candidate will demonstrate these skills and attributes:
Knowledge of Urban Education and Local Landscape
Fundraising and Relationship-Building Skills
Collaborative and Community Relations Experience
Resource Management and Administration Experience
Education and Leadership Experience
A Bachelor’s degree is required, and a Master’s degree in a relevant area is preferred. Five or more years of increasing leadership responsibility is required.
Submission of Candidacy:
This executive search is being conducted by Third Sector New England’s Consulting and Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Cathy Cohen. All submissions are confidential.
Only online applications will be accepted.
For complete position profile and candidacy submission guidelines, please visit http://tsne.org/executive-director-mathpower
MathPOWER is an equal-opportunity employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. People of color, women, and transgender people are encouraged to apply.